This week we hear from Guut.co
co-founder, Jan Deruyck
. His company, Guut is concerned with your health and wellbeing, specifically coaching on what you can
do, rather than advising what not
to do. Jan is currently surveying cofounders about their approach to remote team wellbeing. If you have 2 mins, please take his short survey
How many remote workers does Guut have?
Currently, Guut is a small distributed team of 7 people. 3 in Belgium, 2 in Seattle, 2 in London
Why did you decide that remote is the best thing for Guut?
It happened by accident. We were travelling/researching abroad when we started our company and managed to find really great people in different locations. What Guut does is also very niche and specific, so it’s hard to find a lot of those people in one place.
How often do people meet up in person?
Our company is very early stage, so the whole team hasn’t met in person yet. We are planning something Q2…
What is the biggest challenge you face as a remote team manager?
Not knowing how everyone is doing, not being able to help immediately when things go south, and definitely managing the various timezones.
What’s the secret to a happy distributed team?
Very clear communication and radical transparency,